Rookie offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has been fantastic for the New York Jets.
The New York Jets have not had much to be excited about through the first three weeks of the season. The team sits at 0-3 on the year and have not been seriously competitive in any of those games. If the Jets cannot snag a win against the ridiculously short-handed Denver Broncos on Thursday night, it is difficult to find a win on their rest of their schedule. Make no mistake about it, this is a bad football team.
Adam Gase is a sitting duck, Sam Darnold keeps struggling and injuries keep piling up on the offensive side of the ball. This feels like a lost season for the New York Jets and it looks likely that they will look much different next season. With all of that being said, there is at least one player on this roster worth getting excited about and that is rookie offensive tackle Mekhi Becton.
The Jets took Becton with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and immediately made him their starter at left tackle. Through three games, Becton looks the part of a dominant left tackle and appears to be a player who they can legitimately build their offense around going forward.
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The 6-foot-7, 363-pound Becton is a big and powerful player who absolutely dominates at the point of attack. He has already shown the ability to physically manhandle opposing defenders, getting his hands on them quickly and overwhelming them with his ridiculous size and raw strength.
While Becton’s size and power is always going to stand out more than anything, he is an extremely athletic player for a man of his size. Becton can get out and move, attacking the second level with impressive quickness and showing the ability to recover well as a pass protector. Becton is a ridiculously powerful offensive lineman, but he is not just a plodder. He moves on the field extremely well for such a massive man.
Becton has been great for the New York Jets this season, but he did leave the game early on Sunday with a concerning shoulder injury. The Jets’ offense fell apart even worse than usual without Becton, but luckily, the injury does not appear to be serious. It’s even possible that Becton will be healthy and ready to go as the Jets take on the Broncos this Thursday night.
The Jets are not a good football team. This roster needs a lot of work and Gase does not appear to be the right guy to lead them into the future. That being said, Becton is well on his way to becoming a dominant left tackle who is going to be a valuable piece for this team for many years. The Jets have not done much right in recent years, but taking Becton at No. 11 sure appears to be a great decision.